There are a lot of dreams centred around the idea that opening up data will bring economic and social benefits: economic growth, more efficient public services, better democratic engagement and so on. Open data is a powerful tool, and can revolutionise how organisations achieve their goals, but we have learned that connecting the two can be difficult. Jeni Tennison, Technical Director of the newly formed Open Data Institute, will describe the ODI’s twin aims of helping data owners achieve their organisational objectives through publishing open data, and helping those who reuse that data to add value responsibly and effectively, thereby turning open data dreams into reality.
Jeni Tennison is the Technical Director of the Open Data Institute. As a developer, she specialises in open data publishing and consumption, including XML, JSON and linked data APIs. She trained as a knowledge engineer, gaining a PhD in collaborative ontology development. Jeni was the technical architect and lead developer for legislation.gov.uk and worked on the linked data aspects of data.gov.uk. She is author of several technical books and was appointed to the W3C’s Technical Architecture Group in 2011. She is also a member of the Open Data User Group and of the UK Government Linked Data Group.
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